Tweed Chronicles: The color of fog …

March's entrance

photo from archives: Shades Of Fog

Fog is a huge part of life on the mountain, for me, and I just love the fog show …

jenjoycedesign© fog Jan 2015

fog in January, 2015

I love to watch it pour over the ridge from the Pacific, fluid and volatile, and into the valley,  or splashing up from it.  I also love it just thickly hovering about …

jenjoycedesign©blue oaks in fog

photo from archives:  Foggy

So naturally, my next tweed endeavor must capture the color of fog !

jenjoycedesign© fog white

It is my basic white,  well,  a near white, where like fog, you see faint color of images behind …


Just a tiny bit of the color-saturated neutral to start, then blended several times with increasing amount of white wool, so you’ll see flecks of blue, red and yellow upon close inspection.

jenjoycedesign© 018

I really am enjoying developing a personal hand-spun color palette, and see no end to my combing wool in different combinations, racing obsessively from blending board to the spinning wheel, grabbing my camera to photograph, wash, dry, wind on swift, photogragh again …

jenjoycedesign© fog 5

… then on to the next !

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Techy stuff for Fog (white)…

  •  Color Saturated Neutral recipe for approx 10-15% base, primary triad of blue, red, and yellow:  Blended thoroughly on blending board.   Note: for a more dramatic tweed, with gobs of color splashing through, blend only once , then continue.
  • Starting with white, layer alternately with neutral (see Blending For Tweed Simplified)
  •  Lift batt, divide as needed and layer again and again with more white, repeatedly fully hemogenized, more or fewer times until white/neutral values balance as desired.
  • Draw off rolags.
  • Colorway blend:  “Fog” .
  • See ALL color blending experiments & recipes archived in Tweed Chronicles

8 thoughts on “Tweed Chronicles: The color of fog …

  1. I never would have thought that one could capture fog in yarn, but you have managed to do it well! I would never have thought about wool and fog in that way.

    It always amazes me how one person can do something with similar materials and yet have it turn out so different. I find great joy in seeing how much the same we all are and yet how diverse.

    That looks like a vintage Ashford Traditional wheel from perhaps the 70s? They are great wheels, those Ashfords! 🙂

    • Sheila, I am attempting to capture the colors of my mountain, and so thus fog, madrone…. more forthcoming. I truly have no clue about wheels, so I really appreciate your comment telling that its from the 70’s, I love it! Took a peek into your blog and see that you are a veteran (perhaps?) spinner, and I appreciate any and all spinnerly feedback ~~~ Thanks!

      • Yes, I suppose you could call me a veteran spinner. I fight often in the war against fiber wastage. My superhero power is to turn it into yarn. ;-D

        I have been spinning for about 30 years now. I have learned a lot from my own research, lots of trial and error, older spinners that were my mentors that have passed away, reading Spin Off magazine, and getting Dvds from Interweave Press.

        I have just started trying to do tapestry weaving, though I have drooled over tapestries and hunted around in books about it for years. I am especially interested in Navajo weaving tapestry techniques and weaving motifs. I figure I am due for making this particular dream come true.

        I also get a thrill out of continuous style weaving on square and triangle looms. I hope to get out my rectangle loom soon.

        Anytime you need any help, let me know. I’d be honored to give you a hand. I have to say that I am not sure how you might need my help; your spinning is pretty lovely and consistent. And I get a big kick out of seeing what your handspun becomes. You are a very prolific knitter!

        • Sheila, I started spinning with a local group in Napa in 1987, and continued off and on (mostly off). Only recently have I fallen in love with the heathered tweeded yarns from admiring Harris and Donegal Tweed making. My big shift was the blending board; learning that instead of dying roving for spinning, I can blend already-dyed roving on the blending board in micro batches, as the mills do in huge batches, and as I play Micro Wool Mill, it is making for a natural & transformative pull back into the spinning. Oh but yes, the designs will come back into play soon, very soon, on my deviations away from commercial yarn, I am excited to create some of my existing designs again (lost all prototypes in the fire) with handspun ~~ my special challenge. Thank you for your interest of my posts xx

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